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    October 1, 2012
    5:09 - 6:00pm EDT  

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your identity. >> reporter: i'm tom sherwood. inside the district's new crime lab. i'll have the story coming up. and virginia's governor responds to a challenge for maryland's governor to face off in a push-
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it's an important step forward for crime fighting in the district. a state of the art lab opened that's going to be used for crime scene investigations and for firearm analysis. >> this high-tech building is just off the national mall. tom sherwood is here to show us how it will also test for everything from the flu to terrorism. >> well, jim, in addition to doing all of that, the new building is going to be the new home for the city's morgue. from security doors using eye identification -- >> thank you, you have been identified. >> reporter: -- to water tanks for testing bullets, to walking into a morgue storage room, with a space for 200 refrigerated bodies, twice the old capacity. the new $210 million forensics headquarters, three years to construct, is a major improvement for crime and chemical analysis that has eluded the district for decades. >> the potential that this building gives to the district
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of columbia to increase, improve, and expand its ability to do forensic analysis, to solve crimes, is just enormous. >> reporter: it will take several more months for the building to be fully operational. but the city no longer will have to depend upon fbi facilities in quantico and elsewhere for detailed analysis. some residents in nearby homes were initially worried that the building might pose a potential hazard if chemicals escaped or there were fires. >> when you walk by the building, you don't need to get scared of what's happening inside. it is a friendly looking building. this building has layers of safety, and layers of security also that, again, may not be visible on the street. >> the new building is energy efficient and has already won some awards for its modern design. wendy and jim? >> all righty. thank you, tom. veronica joins us now.
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could be a busy night for you guys in the weather center. >> with a lot of rain. we won't have any severe weather coming our way this evening, but we are going to see the rain move in. so it's going to get a little sloppy. and sloppy especially by tomorrow morning. so plan accordingly. you might want to give yourself a little extra time for tuesday morning's rush. let's head outside and see what's going on. clouds already here. temperatures not bad. upper 60s to right around 70 degrees. tomorrow is going to be warmer. most of this week we'll see highs in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees. and you know what, so far 11 consecutive months have been above average. that's the longest stretch that we've had around here since october 1990. and '91. so again, we're talking about some more warmth coming our way. we're at 71 degrees now with a cloudy sky. humidity at 47%. but the humidity is going to be rising over the next couple of hours, as we see this big system start to make its way closer to
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us. and then into our area. we've got showers on the radar right now. some scattered showers here. bigger area of rain that's down to our south and west, from elkins to charlottesville, and all that is going to be headed up and in for tomorrow morning's rush. and tomorrow afternoon, we could be even getting a little bit of thunder. so it's showers for 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 p.m., with temperatures dropping off to the low and mid-60s. the mercury won't change a whole lot getting into tomorrow morning. patchy fog, not anything like we had this morning. the rain will be helping that out. a bit of a sloppy morning rush. we could have some pockets of moderate and heavy rain around for tomorrow morning. we're at 71 degrees right now at rockville and d.c. look at the temperatures to the west of our area. the rain has been falling today, upper 50s, jackson, kentucky. 59 degrees in roanoke, virginia. it will be temperatures like
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these, highs like these that we're going to have next week this time. as a bigger pattern takes place. already cloudy skies here. new york soon to get the clouds. philadelphia, too. the rain to our south and west. what will be happening as we see warmer air move in overnight, this warm front will be heading closer to us. and eventually northeast and through. we'll be staying in kind of a warm pocket for a while. look at the showers, the chance for some thunderstorms tomorrow. in fact, i think the best chance for any thunderstorm popping tomorrow will be areas east of i-95 during the afternoon. thursday, behind the front, still a few wrap-around clouds. maybe a passing shower on wednesday. most of our rain will come tomorrow. 57 to 63. again, showers likely, and a sloppy morning rush, with temperatures between 55 and 63 degrees. tomorrow afternoon, a warm, wet one. and again, there could be a little bit of thunder around the
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area. most of this week, we are warm, with highs upper 70s to low 80s. sunshine back at the end of the week. we're talking about a huge pattern change with highs in the 60s. we'll take a look at that, with the extended forecast coming up. that's crazy cool for us. >> it's going to be warm, though, first. is it going to rain on the nats tonight? >> yes, there will be some showers around the area. but i don't think it will be anything heavy. >> we've got to get it done, don't we? >> yes, we do. >> we're playing. coming up on news4 at 5:00 tonight, protesters returned to the streets on the one-year anniversary of the beginning of occupy d.c. adds posted on campus with a chance for college students to make lots of money. some say what they're asking goes too far. dan hellie and chriscooley break down yesterday's dramatic win by the redskins. >> that was a white-knuckle moment. tonight at 6:00, we'll tell you about a scare in the air when some travelers' seats became unbolted during their
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flight. and that's just the beginning of the troubles for
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they pulled it out in dramatic fashion. >> i mean, our hearts were in our throats. in those last few seconds. dan's out there with chris to look at those -- that was an incredibly high drama game. >> guys, this is just unbelievable. because the redskins really took this game by the throat. they took an 18-point lead and then they blow the lead and have to rely on a kicker who hasn't hit a kick the entire game to come back and win this for them. joined by chris cooley, former pro bowler tight end for the redskins. i know you hate the phrase as a player, must-win. but if there's anything as a must-win game in september, i, for one, felt like this was it. what does this do to galvanize a
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team? >> it's a huge sigh of relief for this franchise. they had to have a win. i felt like, and still feel like this is a team that if they want to have a chance to play into the play-offs, and have a chance to be in the postseason, they have to set themselves up. they can't lose three or four or five games early in the season, and then have to battle back. it's a very tough division. again, if they want to have a chance to play, they've got to set themselves up to win early. >> you could see the feeling in the locker room. robert griffin iii makes a half lap around the stadium, high fiving the redskins fans there. he's the one everybody was talking about after this game. he completes every pass he needed to complete. he had unbelievable numbers. he obviously got a lot of help from the offense. this final drive, when you're watching the game, are you thinking in your head, okay, they're going to do this, or were you wondering what's going to happen? >> from the short time that i spent around griff, i completely
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believe he is going to do it. he's a guy that knows that he can go down the field. i think in his heart, he believes, and he has the confidence that he can take the team down the field. i think when he does that, he shows everyone around him, he shows everyone in the huddle that he's capable, that this team's capable of pulling off a win. so happy for the guys. so happy for what he did. i think exceptional job all around coming back and battling to win. >> 26 of 35 for 323 yards. you could see the raw emotion from everybody there. larry has given rg-iii a hug at the end of the game. when you look at the team, you said it from the beginning you think he has the confidence to give it done. but it gives the entire team confidence. that permeates the team, the air of confidence that rg-iii has. >> it's a young group of guys. and it's a group of guys that are in an organization that hasn't won. we've had some tough seasons. and so you have to build that confidence. you have to build the camaraderie. the guys have to come together
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and say, we're going to win football games. we're not going to show up on sunday and say, hey, let's play with these guys and see what happens. this is a group of guys that has to start winning, go to the game and say, this is our game to win. >> how do you have confidence in a kicker, billy, who missed three field goals? one was from 31 yards. it was a long ways. so he misses two relatively make able field goals. and after the miss right here, the 31-yarder, mike shanahan gave him a pep talk and said, we're going to need you later. and he sends him back out there. what is going through the players' minds? >> the players have to believe in it. does billy believe he's going to make the kick. i think it really helped himself moving forward keeping a spot on this team to make that kick. kickers have a short memory. i think they talk about kickers like dbs, you have to forget about what happened last, you have to go through the emotions that you know, and you feel can
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make whatever you need to make. i think he did a great job pulling it off in the end. he put him in a tough spot early. he really did. they probably wouldn't have been where they were towards the end of the game if he would have made those kicks. but probably saved his jobl. but more importantly, got the win for the team. >> got the redskins to 2-2. chris cooley will be back in about an hour or so to talk redskins. we'll also visit nationals park where the nats have the chance to seal up the division tonight. >> and then there's that team. >> i know. >> a lot going on. >> we're a happy little town. we've got a warning for college students tonight. >> reporter: a groper targeting au students right here on mass avenue. i'm pat collins live. a report coming up. an unusual challenge from maryland's governor to virginia's governor. i'm liz crenshaw. some foods look healthy, but they're really junk.
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neighbors and friends are mourning the loss of a local professor hit and killed while walking his dog. a car struck 65-year-old rhett leverett. he was a much-loved history professor at marymount university. police tell us the driver who hit him had a medical emergency and lost control. with election day almost here, more and more campaign yard signs are springing up in northern virginia for both candidates. today romney volunteers said it's a visible sign of growing support for the gop. but obama supporters say what is important is the number of voters who turn out in november, not the number of signs. the nats need one more victory to clinch the division title in the national league east. it would be the first time in 31 years the franchise has done
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that. first pitch, 7:05 tonight. now let's fast forward to the weather. veronica, how will they look out there? >> they're going to look a little wet. take that rain jacket heading out to the nats game this evening. a wed one. you'll need a little patience, too. it is a great one out there right now. we've got a lot of cloud cover. temperaturewise currently, we are in the mid and upper 60s throughout the area. but for first pitch at 7:05, 68 degrees, and falling to the mid-60s with a south wind at just 5 miles per hour. a few showers are on tap. we eventually fall to the upper 50s and low 60s. we'll look at how much rain we could get by the end of the storm system when it moves out tomorrow, coming up. several american university students have been attacked and groped while they walk on busy massachusetts avenue. police say four students have been inappropriately fondled just in the last week alone. pat collins is live with what
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the university is doing to protect those students. >> reporter: it's happened four times in the last week. they're calling it forcible fondling. the target, au students. american university, it's located in the prestigious spring valley section of washington. but not all the students live here on campus. many live a couple blocks away in apartments along massachusetts avenue. and they use these sidewalks to get to and from school. that's the scene of these attacks. the university describes it as forcible fondling, and they say it's happened here four times in the last week. they say the suspect strikes late at night or in the dark hours of the morning. that he sneaks up behind women, gropes them, and then runs away. now, i talked to someone who knows one of the victims. >> she basically said a hooded
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guy ran by her, and she didn't hear him when he was coming up and she turned around and the guy was gone. >> reporter: today au e-mailed students to alert them about these attacks. >> i normally feel really safe around here. so that's a little bit terrifying. >> something's got to be done. i mean, it's definitely uncalled for. and it's not okay. >> reporter: this advice from the university to students. walk in groups, avoid isolated and dark areas, carry your cell phone and keep it accessible. now, d.c. police, au police, stepping up patrols, trying to track this guy down. live in northwest, pat collins, news4. this week marks ten years since the beginning of the sniper attacks that paralyzed our region for days. now convicted killer lee boyd
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malvo is opening up and sounding remorseful. malvo spoke to the "washington post" about his role in the attacks. he said he was a monster and a thief who stole people's lives. ten people were killed in the attacks, and three others were injured over a three-week span. malvo was serving a life sentence now without parole in a virginia prison. he's 27. he was 17 at the time. he also apologized for his actions. >> i am sorry. i am sorry. and it sounds -- there is no way to express -- there is no way to express that. i mean, what am i going to tell them? i'm sorry i murdered your only child? i'm sorry i killed your husband? i'm sorry i murdered your wife? >> malvo urged the victims' families not to let him and his actions victimize them for the rest of their lives. malvo's accomplice in the sniper attacks, john allen muhammad,
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was executed in 2009. right now, occupy d.c. protesters are rallying downtown, they're back in d.c. one year after their movement started. chris gordon is live at the plaza, where protesters say their message has not changed. >> reporter: good evening, everyone. occupy d.c. is very different tonight than it was one year ago. this is the anniversary. there are no people living in tents here tonight in freedom plaza, or at mcpherson square. the park just a few blocks away. the number of occupy d.c. participants is much lower this year. and they appear to be less confrontational. but they're still vocal as he took to the streets of d.c. today. they chanted slogans bringing back memories of last year's occupy d.c. their goal, shut down k street, demonstrating against big business, banks and government.
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occupy d.c. participants entered this building. there was some pushing and shoving, but no violence. they occupied pennsylvania avenue sitting down on the pavement blocking traffic, until police issued this warning. >> if you do not seize and behave, you will be arrested. this is your third and final warning. >> reporter: rather than be arrested, they moved to freedom plaza. like last year, the occupy d.c. movement represents a variety of causes. >> i think what we achieved most of all is an awareness that something is wrong in america. >> going against the criminal activities of these bankers, one of those was predatory lending. >> i'm for the 99% and part of 47%. so i need to be out here to protect my rights. >> reporter: in the afternoon they marked the u.s. chamber of commerce, on the front door
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steps. they left, saying we'll be back. they walked through mcpherson square, now clean and green. a year ago, the federal park was a tent city where many of them lived for months on end. as they marched down k street, passing a bank of america, they protested the foreclosure crisis. they stopped at pepco headquarters. and now you're looking live at the occupy organizational tent here at freedom plaza. we're told that they have a concert planned here tonight. and then they're going to gather here for a march on the veterans administration a few blocks away to demand more health care benefits for the -- those who served in afghanistan, iraq and the war in vietnam. that's the latest from freedom plaza, chris gordon, news4. when we come back, a frantic
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tweet jolts the twitter sphere today into action. a teenaged girl said there's someone in her house. now police say they have a witness to what they say really happened. and the d.c. council tries to clear up confusion about the to clear up confusion about the red-toe.
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the middle class, who move our country forward. work hard. raise families. and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising.
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a new effort tonight to clear up confusion over the new red top parking meters in d.c. emergency legislation earlier this year put the program on hold after furious drivers complained about getting $250 parking tickets. tomorrow council member mary shay will introduce a bill to outline the rules. only drivers with placards or license plates that permit handy capped parking will be allowed to park at the red topped meters. it will be compliant with the americans with disabilities
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ability. martin o'malley threw down the gauntlet for mcdonnell today. they were on wtop radio. >> we can have a discussion how we can work together, to create jobs, an opportunity now and can be followed immediately by a push-up contest. >> a push-up contest? a mcdonanell's spokesperson sai, we already kind of have our own gubernatorial push-up. both states' unemployment rates rose slightly in july. . >> take that. that's smack talk. first "snl," now the oscars. who's been picked to host the academy awards. the junk in health food, reduced fat sounds like it should mean less of the bad stuff. you'd be surprised when the companies are putting in for flavor when they take out the fat. do ads asking college
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students to sell their eggs go too
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when you're watching your waistline, how closely do you compare nutrition labels? >> simply looking out for products labeled reduced fat or all natural, that's not enough. liz crenshaw is here with the reality of how much skims acons are eating and may not know it. >> gluten-free, all natural, low fat, but when you put the nutrition facts up against the real deal, are they really better for you. here's the answer. if you crave junk food but want to eat healthier, you might be drawn to reduced fat, or whole grain, or gluten-free. >> these are foods you would feed your family, that you would take to work for lunch with you. you think you're doing better throughout the day, but in reality you're doing worse. >> reporter: the consumers union, shopsmart compared common snacks, the guilty pleasure versus a so-called healthier option.
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>> there's a lot of buzz ingredients like yogurt or fruit involved in sweet treats, or the classic reduced fat, reduced sodium. >> reporter: she said don't fall for the healthy pitch on the front. take a closer look at the nutritional value. >> take the time to really know what it's telling you. >> reporter: for example, shopsmart compared jif peanut butter reduced fat versus regular. they both have the same number of calories, the reduced fat had fewer grams of fat and more sugar and a lot more sodium. 220 manage in the reduced fat than 140 in the regular. >> when you take out the fat, you're taking out the flavor. so you have to add sugar and sodium. >> we can think cocoa puffs might not be the healthiest things, but special k has one called chocolaty delight. >> it's actually worse. it has more fat, more calories. and more sodium. >> reporter: feel like a coke but want to avoid all that
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sugar? agave kola saves you only 40 calories. >> a sweetener like any other. you might not be drinking sugar, but you're drinking a lot of cal rils. >> this one is reduced fat. so i'm thinking it's a better choice. >> barely. what you're saving here, you reduce the fat, you lose about 20 calories. but it's a big boost in sodium. >> chips ahoy, classic american cookie. now we're seeing a lot of gluten-free products. healthier for me? >> if you have celiac disease, yes. >> some gluten-free foods like these cookies are higher in calories, higher in fat, higher in sodium, and higher in sugar. >> if you can have a regular cookie, have the chips ahoy. >> one more tip. how long is the ingredient list? this soy dairy-free dessert might sound healthier than ice cream, but look at ingredient
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list. a jumble of words with the soy product, only five ingredients with breyers. >> if you need a tiebreaker, go for the product that has the less ingredients. >> foods that claim to be healthier often also more expensive. and not necessarily better for you. just read the labels, check them out for yourself. >> right. >> thank you, liz. let's get a check on the weather from veronica. how is the game going to look tonight? >> the game is going to look a little wet. it's not going to be soaking rains throughout the game, but it will be a little wet. i think starting at about 6:30, 7:00, we'll sea that rain move in. so showers for first pitch out there right now, overcat sky. cloudy conditions. there are some showers out there right now down to our south and west. here's the way it's looking for the overnight, early part of the day tomorrow. temperatures starting out at 57 degrees in frederick county. gaithersburg. montgomery county, 55 to 57.
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prince william 63 degrees. it's not going to be all that cool or chilly for tomorrow morning. speaking of rain, i'm expecting about a half to an inch of rain by the time we get to late tomorrow. here's a look at our average rainfall. so far, through september the 30th, 30 inches, just over that. last year we had over 36 inches. this year, just 23. the reason for the big difference, of course, it was a quiet season in terms of the atlantic hurricane season. so last year, remember, we had the tropical storm and rains come through. not this year. again, we're talking about showers and even the possibility of some thunder for tomorrow. around 10:00 this evening, there's a look at where the rain will be. as we go into the day tomorrow, some moderate and heavy rains for the morning rush. we'll see the rain continuing for the afternoon. i think areas mainly east and along i-95. we're in the upper 70s to 80s
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this week. much cooler next week this time. highs only in the low to mid-60s. woo! >> thanks, v.j. >> you bet. a new front man for the oscars. and a traffic nightmare has come to an end. here's what's trending. >> hewlett-packard unveiled the tablet pc today, the elite pat 900, boasting a ten-inch display. it weighs 1.5 pounds. it has military grade durability, so i guess, what, you can take it -- run it over with a tank? the elite pad is the centerpiece of a brand new line of hp products aimed at turning the struggling company around. it's expected to be available in january. weeks after hosting the season premiere of "saturday night live", seth has another hosting gig, the oscars. this will be the first time the family guy creator has hosted a big telecast of any kind.
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mcfarland says it's an overwhelming privilege to host the oscars and he hopes that they don't find he hosted the charlie sheen host. find out about that. the oscars will air live in february. drivers in southern california are relieved carmageddon once again wasn't as bad as predicted. this time lapse video shows construction crews working on the 405 freeway over the weekend. a ten-mile stretch was shut down. luckily, they finished on time. ads promise thousands of dollars for women to donate their eggs, and they're popping up more and more on college campuses. but is it worth the money? dania baucus has that story. >> reporter: students can make money from their elements. $150 to join a study on athlete's foot, $600 for research on indigestion, but
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these ads found on benches offer much more. up to $10,000 for young women who sell their eggs to a couple that can't have their own children. >> it is kind of an interesting situation. i'm not using them. so maybe someone else would benefit from it. >> reporter: women who volunteer could end up in a binder like this. with their photo, and details about their ethnicity, height and weight. even their hobbies and grade point average. dr. samuel wood runs the re productive sciences center. his company does not advertise for egg donors but said it's a growing business, because more older couples are trying to get pregnant and need donor eggs. wood says colleges are a great place to advertise. because female students are smarter, healthier and more attractive than the general population. >> the younger they are, the better their eggs. >> i don't think i would do it personally. to me, it's something that money can't buy. but i think it's strange.
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>> reporter: megan says the idea of being paid to let a doctor harvest her eggs makes her very uncomfortable. she thinks the ads take advantage of college students who need money. >> i think that's exactly what they're doing. >> what i've found is that very few donors do it solely for the money. they love the idea that there's a couple that's desperate for a child, and they have a chance to help them. >> reporter: making good money doing it. wood said a woman can make $70,000 by having her eggs harvested a maximum of seven times over a five-year period. >> and we've had egg donors pay their way through college. even pay their way through medical school. >> when we come right back tonight on news4 at 5:00, a frantic tweet from a teenager claiming someone was in her house. >> and the girl is now missing. but police say it's not what you think. coming up in our broadcast tonight at 6:00, a new look at how tight the presidential race is right now. they're finding more and more guns in carry-on luggage at
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airports. it's not all that unusual now. it's not all that unusual now. and ikeae. the middle class, who move our country forward. work hard. raise families. and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising.
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it was a troubling tweet. last night in new jersey, a 16-year-old girl posted that there was someone in her house. and asked someone to call 911. >> they found their daughter missing when they got home. brian thompson reports, police
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say they think the whole thing was a hoax. >> reporter: the tweet a bit garbled in spelling seemed to say there is someone in my house, call 911. when her parents got home, cara was gone. launching a massive investigation overnight by clark police. >> it was a joke? >> yes. >> it was a joke. that's not okay. >> reporter: for these two rutgers sophomores who followed the tweets last night, it was more than disappointing to find out someone just a few years younger could take advantage of a social media site like this. >> that's just ridiculous. there's enough bad things going on right now. especially at different college campuses. you shouldn't be making a joke about somebody actually missing. >> reporter: this tweet was sent last night. it was retweeted 34,000 times. rutgers journalism and media are not surprised by this. there have been several in the past. >> twitter lends itself to this kind of quick response, quick
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mobilization, sometimes panic. >> reporter: the clark police communication center got more than 6,000 calls in the hours after help cara went viral. they were up monitoring an investigation that included a canine tracker. >> additional manpower were called in to start investigating all possible leads. >> reporter: police here finally determined that she had called a taxi to take her to the train stapgs. and now the twitter verse has turned on her. one said, dear god, she's cruel. a good lawyer, she's going to need it. some manners and common sense, annoying. an emergency landing after passenger seats came loose in the middle of a flight. a beloved professor and loyal dog walker was killed during his daily stroll. this could be the single most important week for the race for the white house. new numbers just out show it's a very close contest.
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the nationals are poised to do something the city of washington hasn't seen in more than 30 years. good evening. i'm doreen gentzler. >> and i'm jim vance. new developments in the race for the white house. two days before the first presidential debate. a new national survey that indicates a tight race between the president and republican nominee mitt romney. according to the cnn poll, if the election were held today, 50% would vote for prent